THURSDAY, AUG. 9
LIVE MUSIC & PICNIC, Beantown Swing Orchestra (Big Band Swing), Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, 7 to 9 p.m. The Castle Hill gates will open at 5 p.m. for picnicking. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Space is limited and the gates will close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only - $30/car or $20/car for members of The Trustees of Reservations. There is a 6 person per car maximum; each additional passenger will be charged $5. Motorcycles are $10 and walk-ins $5. Weather cancellations (if necessary) will be announced by 3 p.m. concert-day, thetrustees.org, 978.356.4351.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
Lowell Quilt Festival, through Sept. 15. Opening reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell.
TUESDAY, AUG. 14
If Only: Living with Regret, Conversation Cafe, 7:15 p.m., A Different Christian Voice, 189 N. Main St., Middleton; adifferentchristianvoice.org, 978-973-2466.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15
LIVE OUTDOOR MUSIC, the Department of Community Services offers free summer concerts on Wednesdays in July and August, 6 to 8 p.m. with Brian Corcoran (acoustic, old standards). Residents are invited to stop by with their picnic suppers, chairs or blankets, held in the Park at the corner of Bartlet and Chestnut streets. In the event of rain on Wednesday, the concert will be rescheduled. Call the DCS information line for weather updates after 3 p.m.: 978-623-8279.
FREE MOVIE, "Winchester 73," commentary at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.,, Rogers Center, Merrimack College. About the journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another and a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive; 978-837-5000.
MEETING, The Merrimack Valley Tea Party will be holding a Candidates Night, 7 p.m., at the VFW Hall, 32 Park St., North Andover. Candidates vying for office in the US Congress, MA State Senate, and MA House representing the Merrimack Valley will be speaking; Ted Tripp, 978-725-6509.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16